"lsass.exe" Process on Windows 8

Q

What is the "lsass.exe" process on Windows 8? Is the "lsass.exe" process a virus? Can I terminate the "lsass.exe" process?

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A

"lsass.exe - Local Security Authority Process" process is service hosting process on Windows 8 to host multiple security related services.

On the Processes tab of "Task Manager", "lsass.exe" process may be listed as:

Image Name  PID  User Name   Memory   Description

lsass.exe   600  SYSTEM      3,368 K  Local Security Authority Process

Additional information about "lsass.exe" process:

Command line:
   \Windows\System32\lsass.exe

Started by: wininit.exe

Files used:
   C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\MSOIdentityCRL\Tracing\MSOIDSSP.txt
   C:\Users\fyicenter\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Credentials
   C:\Users\fyicenter\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Credentials
   C:\Users\fyicenter\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\My
   C:\Windows\System32
   C:\Windows\debug\PASSWD.LOG
   C:\Windows\debug\netlogon.log

Registry keys:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\...
HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\SystemCertificates
HKLM\SAM\SAM
HKLM\SECURITY
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Cryptography\...
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\EnterpriseCertificates\...
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\IdentityCRL\Trace
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\IdentityStore\Cache
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\IdentityStore\Providers
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSOIdentityCRL\Trace
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SystemCertificates\...
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\Audit
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Cryptography\...
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Netlogon
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\SystemCertificates
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Lsa
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Sorting\Versions
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\SecurityProviders\...
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Session Manager
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\Netlogon\Parameters
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\WinSock2\Parameters\NameSpace_Catalog5
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\WinSock2\Parameters\Protocol_Catalog9
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services\crypt32
HKU\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\International

"lsass.exe" process is not a virus. You should not terminate "lsass.exe" process.

 

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